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January 2020 Transfer Window: Guiding Your Expectations

January 2020 will be a busy month for the Premier League now that it has already confirmed the dates and times for the transfer window.

The clubs eagerly await this time of the year where they can finally re-configure and re-strategize for the matches ahead.

When will the 2020 transfer window happen?

As confirmed, the transfer window will be from January 1 until January 31, 2020, 11 pm. It was finalised and confirmed during the meeting of the twenty teams. 

The transfer window officially opens on the same day in France, Germany, and China. In Spain, Italy, and Portugal, it will be open on January 3 while in Russia, on January 22.

This would allow all the clubs to plan ahead of time and improve their teams while participating in the transfer market. Teams in the Premier and Football Leagues get a chance to buy, sell, and loan players. 

Changes to the transfers

Clubs can still make changes to their teams throughout the period. Resubmission is only allowed until February 5, 2 pm.

Completing deals for international transfers

Deals can be made even after the deadline, via the Deal Sheet completion. The Deal sheet can be submitted on Deadline Day, between 9 and 11 pm.

FIFA’s Transfer Matching System requires complete information before issuing a clearance for international signings.

Emergency loan windows are no longer implemented. If the club needs a goalkeeper, the club needs to tap the services of the free agents. They can join the club while the goalkeeper is trying to recover from his injuries.

What to expect during the January 2020 transfer window?

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that the club would be active in January. He also said that marquee signings are difficult and hefty during mid-season. 

The Red Devils are eyeing to expand the team to include a midfielder and striker. The club needs to bolster its rankings with one or two signings including Reading’s Danny Loader.

And without Scott McTominay who skipped matches due to an injury, the club needs to juggle its midfield options.

Paul Pogba is also struggling physically. There were also fears that Pogba would leave the club earlier in the season. He stuck with the Red Devils, though.

Leicester City

Leicester City claimed that the transfer window is an ongoing preparation. 

The City needs a winger, especially in the right-wing. The club is eyeing an addition to Ayoze Perez.

However, Brendan Rodgers may have to loan Filip Benkovic for someone more aggressive as a centre-back. 

The club also needs a strong striker, someone better than Kelechi Iheanacho.

The club may also lose James Maddison to Manchester United.

Liverpool

Liverpool is currently targeting Ryan Fraser. However, Arsenal and Everton are said to eyeing Fraser as the newest team member of their club as well.

Chelsea

Chelsea has a transfer window ban, wherein its appeal will be heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), December 4, 2019.

FIFA sanctioned the Blues due to violations of Articles 18 and 19 of the regulations concerning the third-party influence and the regulations on the status and transfer of players, respectively.

CAS is yet to decide regarding the appeal. Deciding in favour of the club, Chelse would be able to participate in the January 2020 transfer window.

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8 Football Players Who Were Booed by Their Own Fans

With Piers Morgan calling it a ‘disgrace,’ Granit Xhaka was under fire as he told the Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ following the crowd’s booing. Unai Emergy was firm in saying that Xhaka is ‘wrong’ for doing so.

The fans booed Xhaka after it took some time for Xhaka to get out of the field after a call for substitution. He was subbed due to his lacklustre performance.

As the booing got stronger, he cupped his ear, removed his shirt, ignored Emery’s handshake, said the words and storm through the tunnel.

As a captain, the reactions of the fans, as well as the Twitterverse, were consistently against him. 

Xhaka was not the first to be booed by their owns, however.

Here are football players who received the same fate.

Jorginho (Chelsea)

While substituting Ross Barkley in a Europa League’s match against Malmo, Jorginho was booed heavily by Chelsea diehards as he approached the field. 

Although it was considered the Maurizio Sarri was behind the dislike, the fans were actually hating on Jorginho’s style of play. Other than his sideways pass, fans noted that Jorginho offers little to no excitement while playing on the field.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale has a string of titles and honours on his name. He may be known for his acrobatic goals. However, he struggled in one aspect: real consistency. 

In a 1-0 home defeat in a match against Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st-minute mark and prompted a loud booing from the fans. 

Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Torres has earned boos from both Chelsea faithful and that of the opponents’ supporters. His dire performance following a big-money move was behind the booing. In 172 appearances, Torrest has only netted 45 goals.

On his 100th club appearance against Swansea, Torres received relentless booing from the crowd. The crowd also went wild when Demba Ba substituted for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)

Eboue was booed by the Arsenal during a Premier League match against Wigan. Arsenal was leading with 1-0, but the then head coach, Arsene Wenger decided to substitute for Eboue in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Saying that he did bad is an understatement. He tackled a teammate and gave the ball away twice. Wenger pulled him off after 9 minutes of action in the field amidst the caterwauling boos.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Ferdinand was the subject of the fans’ ridicule during the 2005 preseason friendly games. He was the star player then but was caught meeting up with Peter Kenyon, chief executive to Chelsea.

The fans concluded that Ferdinand was cooking up a move to another club. The fact that he stalled the negotiations between the Red Devils and him despite the £100,000 weekly offer.

Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham)

In May 2007, Ghaly subbed for Steed Malbranque as he sustained an injury. The substitution happened during the first half and on the second half, Ghaly was substituted for someone else. Martin Jol, the former manager of Tottenham, was not satisfied with his performance.

Ghaly took it heavily, ripping his shirt as he was getting off the pitch. He even flung it in front of Jol. The crowd immediately went into a booing frenzy. Every time he plays on the pitch since then, the fans would greet him with resounding boos.

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5 Football Players Who Retired Way Too Early

Some football legends play until they reach the ripe age of 40 years, exhausting all the possible plays they can until retirement. However, there are also football players who chose to retire earlier than expected.

‘What could have been’ are such lonely words for these players, and perhaps will never be answered.

Below are the names of players who left their fans shocked and wondering at the same time.

Zinedine Zidane

Announcing his retirement after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Zidane retired at 34 when he still could play several more seasons. That’s despite what happened during his last-ever match, headbutting Marco Materazzi’s chest as a resort against his provocation. Zidane was sent off the game.

He moved on by becoming a manager to Real Madrid. A lot of football fans were sceptic at first before he proved them wrong. He went on to win three Championship League titles—justifying his credibility and silencing his critiques.

Eric Cantona

Cantona’s career is not one with a steady moral compass – with bans and suspensions here and there. Retiring at 30, however, he could have shown more of his style of play. Other football players look up to him because of this.

His passion for the game also stood out, highlighting the ballooning desire to play football throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Instead, he chose to retire early, putting a halt on his four Premier League titles and two FA Cups. The FWA Player of the Year awardee cited his growing lack of interest as his reason.

Jim Brown

Brown, who retired when he was only 29, played in the NFL for nine seasons, from 1957 to 1965. Throughout this relatively short, by today’s NFL standards, professional career, he amassed awards and recognitions. This made every fan muse about the sudden change of heart.

When he retired, he held the majority of the individual records. Brown was a three-time MVP and an eight-time First-Team All-Pro. He was also included in the Pro Bowl for all his playing careers. Finally, Brown was part of the All-Decade Team of the 1960s and All-Time Team for the NFL’s 75th Anniversary.

Barry Sanders

Another NFL pro who retired too soon was Sanders; he retired at only 30. Sanders was considered one of the best running backs in NFL history. To date, he still ranked the 3rd all-time best player.

Unfortunately for him, Sanders was an elite player and perhaps the only one on his team. He did not receive the support that he was supposed to be getting on the field. Despite that, he was the 1997 MVP. Then, he chose to retire to focus on other important things.

Mia Hamm

Hamm retired when she was only 32, and no one was happy seeing her leave football. She scored 158 goals in her 275 games, which only proved that she could have done more should she stayed playing football.

Hamm has two World Cup titles and four NCAA Championship titles. She was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

 

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